Copenhagen Plant Science Centre interactions
Other Departments and research groups with a focus in plant science are located at the University of Aarhus, University of Aalborg and at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).
At DTU, the Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF) Center for Biosustainability will focus on metabolic engineering, computer-aided design of cell factories, bio-based chemistries, metagenomics, and heterologous expression of genes in microbes. In addition the centre will integrate research activities on mathematical modeling, bioinformatics, state-of-the-art high-throughput technologies, molecular biology and fermentation technology.
Interactions to other research areas at University of Copenhagen
Interactions and collaborations with the biochemistry, biology, biophysics, chemistry and microbiology research environments at University of Copenhagen are expected. Numerous collaborations within one or more of the research areas of Copenhagen Plant Science Centre (CPSC) have already been established for example within analytical chemistry, drug development, cell biology, nano-science and biophysics.
BGI-Europe, the European commercial branch of BGI-Shenzhen, is housed in the Copenhagen Bio Science Park (COBIS). BGI-Shenzhen has established a joint sequencing and bioinformatics platform, the Sino-Danish Genomics Centre, through collaboration with The National High-throughput DNA Sequencing Centre. The capacity for large-scale genomics and bioinformatics will be further developed via a collaboration agreement between University of Copenhagen and BGI-Europe to provide researchers at University of Copenhagen access to large-scale sequencing and advanced bioinformatics at a level comparable with the largest facilities in the world.
The Botanical Garden and Museum
There are obvious potential synergies between CPSC and The Botanical Garden and Museum. Of particular interest is direct access to diverse plant material in the Botanical Garden and Museum which currently contain ~13.000 living species and 2.000.000 herbarium accessions.
The Hørsholm Arboretum (estb. 1936) – a collection of woody plant species
The Arboretum in Hørsholm is a living collection covering 2000 taxa of woody species representing a large number of commercial and evolutionary interesting genera such as Picea, Pinus, Betula Quercus, Populus, Rhododendron. Selections have been made globally. Functional genes can be linked to phenotypic expressions, including interactions between hosts and pest/pathogens. Evolutionary hypotheses can be tested by using the high phylogenetic coverage for many families/genera. All trees are carefully documented and species/individual list easy available.